Dancing With The Stars: Best Year of My Life in Week 5, Monday 8 p.m.

It’s a fan favorite theme with emotional performances, but several upbeat themes will emerge as well as serious reflections. Photo: Bill Engvall and Emma Slater / ABC Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, October 13, 2013 – Nine couples remain in the competition on Season 17 of “Dancing With The Stars.” One of the long time fan favorite themes is back Monday night. Couples will perform on the theme “The Best Year of My Life,” with a story from the star’s personal life played out on the dance floor.

As ABC’s on-air promo reflects, these performance can be emotional. Have your tissues handy. But from the published reports of the dance styles and music assigned via favorite fan blog PureDWTS.com and reports via the stars on Twitter, we will get our share of more upbeat themes this season. 

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Top couples Amber Riley and Derek Hough and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff are both dancing Foxtrots. Riley will perform to a Glee cast version of “Try A Little Tenderness.”

Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni and Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd perform Contemporary routines. Rehearsal must have been a little rough; Murgatroyd posted a photo of her bruised eye on Twitter.

There are a pair of waltzes; traditional style for Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, and a Viennese waltz for Bill Engvall and Emma Slater.

The remaining three dances are all up-tempo. Christina Milian and Mark Ballas dance a Cha Cha Cha to “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green; Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber dance Jazz to Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch;” and Elizabeth Berkeley and Val Chmerkovskiy dance the Jive to the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited.”

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The couples who need to raise their scores are Bill and Emma, Jack and Cheryl, and Leah and Tony. Nicole and Sasha can’t play it safe either. The rest of the couples will likley be safe to dance the following week.

The assignments at the time of publication:

Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Foxtrot to “Try a Little Tenderness” by the Glee cast

Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Contemporary to “Roar” by Katy Perry

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Viennese Waltz to “She’s Always A Woman,” Billy Joel

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Waltz to “I’m Kissing You” by Des-ree

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas, Cha Cha Cha to “Forget You,” Cee Lo Green

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Jive to “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, Contemporary to “Your Song” by Elton John

Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Sasha Farber, Jazz to “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Foxtrot to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

Fans can vote via phone for one hour only afer the end of the show in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars will be open for 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at the same time on Tuesday. A couple will go home at the end of each Monday show until the season finale on Monday, November 25.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, October 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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